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INTO THE FRAY: Two-Statism Gone Mad -Touting a Giant South Lebanon on Fringes of Tel Aviv

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

…we need a clear map showing Israel’s eastern border and the limits of its territorial demands. ..

The eastern border must be based on the required minimum to allow a significant number of settlers to join Israel, but no more than necessary. We must give up Ariel…The “no” to the settlements must be unambiguous. There is no need to evacuate them, and there is no need for a compensation plan for those who leave. The settlements beyond the border should be left to wither economically and be deprived of support. Anyone who wants to live in these areas will do so without the support or protection of the Jewish sovereignty within its borders… The Arab Palestinian people must eventually lay down their arms against the Zionist movement…Until this stage, Israel will continue to militarily hold territory east of the border…

Einat Wilf  “Yes to the Occupation, No to the Settlements”,  Haaretz  Dec 31, 2016.

 

These are difficult times for proponents of the two-state formula that envisages a Jewish state and a Palestinian Arab state co-existing side-by-side, in idyllic peace and prosperity. Their disarray and dismay are becoming increasingly evident as their desperate efforts to “preserve the option of two-states” become increasingly hare-brained—and hair-raising.

 

Traded one failed formula for another

 

For many years, over the last quarter century since the signing of the ill-conceived, and hence ill-fated, Oslo Accords, indeed until relatively recently, dogmatic two-staters insisted that we had a Palestinian “partner for peace”. Initially, they claimed that Judeocidal terrorist, (and Nobel laureate) Yasser Arafat was the guy who “could deliver the goods”, and imported him and his murderous cronies from Tunis, igniting a wave of carnage in Israeli streets, shopping malls, cafes, and buses—casually (read “callously”)  dismissing the murdered and the maimed as inevitable “victims of peace”.

 

Then, having despaired of their blood-stained “peace partner”, un-chastened two-staters pinned their “noble” and “enlightened” hopes on erstwhile holocaust-denier Mahmoud Abbas (aka Abu Mazen). When recalcitrant realities dashed these forlorn hopes, rather than admit error, they doggedly refused to discard their discredited credo. Accordingly, they began a frantic search for some other way to preserve the viability of their failed formula.

To do this, they decided on the inconceivable—and opted for yet another fatally flawed formula, that of “unilateralism”,  which had failed spectacularly in both Gaza and South Lebanon, allowing these areas to become formidable arsenals bristling with weapons capable of threatening virtually all Israel’s major civilian centers.

 

However, aware of the difficulties of promoting such a policy, given the failures of past unilateralism, the authors of the new unilateralism claim that, having allegedly learned from previous mistakes, this time it will be different.

 

Forced to admit what they once denied

 

This time, they claim, although Israel will unilaterally forgo any claims of sovereignty over the vast majority of the territory in Judea-Samaria, and engage in the unilateral removal of Israeli civilian presence there, the IDF will remain deployed—until a satisfactory arrangement can be reached with some yet-to-be-identified Palestinian interlocutor.
However, by conceding the necessity of the continued IDF deployment, the two-staters, turned unilateralists, in effect, admit they had been wrong all along about there being a “partner for peace”.

 

Whew! Just as well we didn’t listen to them then!

 

Yet despite its glaring defects, the new unilateralism has attracted a good number of well-placed and well-funded adherents, both organizations and individuals. These include the well-endowed Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), the public advocacy Blue and White Future (BWF) which works closely with INSS personnel, and the Commanders for Israel Security (CIS) an organization reportedly comprising over 200   former high-ranking officers in the IDF, intelligence services and police.

 

Thus, for example, in a booklet published by CIS, reassuringly entitled Security First, which prescribes “foregoing claims to sovereignty over West Bank territories east of the ‘security fence‘”, despite the bald confession that, at present, there is no Palestinian peace partner. Indeed, it warns that “The situation on the West Bank requires the continued deployment of the IDF until satisfactory security arrangements are put into place within the framework of a permanent status agreement”.

 

Formula for open-ended occupation
The proposal for (re)adoption of unilateral concessions began to emerge in the public discourse about 3-4 years ago. Since then, I have warned, insistently and incessantly, of the appalling errors in the rationale of this misguided idea – see  for example The coming canard: ‘Constructive unilateralism (April 19, 2013); Stupendously stupid or surreptitiously sinister,  (April 25, 2013);  Infuriating, insidious, immoral , (December 19, 2013;) Imbecility squared – Part 1 (June  10, 2016); Imbecility squared- Part 2,  (June 10, 2016). I urge readers to peruse the arguments raised in them, identifying and analyzing the grave perils to which this new unilateralism will expose the nation.

 

Clearly by conditioning the end of IDF deployment on the emergence of “a permanent status agreement with the Palestinians [which] ushers in alternative concrete, sustainable security arrangements”, what new unilateralists such as the CIS are in fact promoting is a formula for open-ended occupation, whose duration is totally dependent on the Palestinian-Arabs.

 

After all, if the IDF is to remain deployed in the “West Bank” until some suitable Palestinian “peace partner” appears, sufficiently pliant to satisfy Israel’s demands but sufficiently robust to resist more radical domestic rivals that oppose those demands, what happens if such a “partner” fails to emerge?

 

Touting a giant South Lebanon on fringes of Tel Aviv

 

Clearly then, all the Palestinian-Arabs need to do to ensnare the IDF in what will inevitably become an increasingly unpopular “occupation”, making  it an easy target for guerilla attacks by a recalcitrant population backed by armed Palestinian internal security services, is…well, nothing.  All they need to do is wait until mounting IDF casualties in a “foreign land” create increasing domestic pressure to “bring our boys back home”, and mounting international  impatience with unending “occupation” create growing external pressure, which will make continued IDF deployment untenable—and withdrawal becomes inevitable, without any “permanent settlement” or sustainable security arrangements.

 

Indeed, the basic element of the new unilateralism—the forswearing of claims to sovereignty over Judea-Samaria, on the one hand; and the continued deployment of the IDF in that territory, on the other—replicate precisely the same conditions that prevailed in South Lebanon until the hasty retreat by the IDF in 2000.

 

 Creating clear and present danger

 

Clearly, under these conditions, any hope that the conflict can be officially resolved with some negotiated final-status agreement is hopelessly detached from reality. After all, why should the Palestinians offer any quid pro quo to negotiate the withdrawal of the IDF when Israel has a-priori conceded sovereignty to them and ceased all construction of the settlements, condemning them to inevitable decay and disintegration? Indeed, what would be the justification for any further IDF deployment in the sovereign territory of others – especially as that deployment itself is likely to be cited as the major grievance precipitating the belligerency between the sides?

 

Accordingly, the proposal for deploying the IDF for an indeterminate period, in territory over which it lays no sovereign claim—and hence, by implication, acknowledges that others have such claims to it—creates an unsustainable political configuration, which, sooner or later, will generate irresistible pressure on Israel to evacuate it—leaving the country exposed to the very dangers the IDF deployment was intended to obviate. Just as it did in Lebanon!! Only this time in territory abutting major trans-Israel transportation axes, adjacent to the country’s major population centers and overlooking its only international airport.

 

 Whether by the bullet or the ballot…

 

But even in the unlikely event that some Palestinian-Arab partner could be located, who agrees, in good faith, to conclude a permanent status agreement and implement acceptable security arrangements that allow the IDF to evacuate Judea-Samaria, how could Israel ensure this agreement will be honored and these arrangements maintained over time?

 

Clearly it could not!

Once the IDF withdraws, Israel has no way of preventing its Palestinian co-signatories to any accord from reneging on their commitments—whether of their own volition, due to a change of heart, or under duress from extremist adversaries. Even more to the point, barring intimate involvement in intra-Palestinian politics, Israel has no way to ensure that their pliant peace-partner will not be replaced—whether by bullet or ballot—by far more inimical successors, probably  generously supported by foreign regimes, who repudiate their predecessors pledges. Indeed, it is more than likely that it would be precisely the “perfidious” deal struck with the “nefarious Zionist entity” that would be invoked as justification for the regime-change.

But whichever of these outcomes emerges in practice, Israel is likely to be confronted with a situation where it no longer has security control in Judea-Samaria and with a hostile regime perched on the hills overlooking the coastal megatropolis.

 

And what do the unilateralists suggest then—you know, as their Plan B? “Protective Edge” on steroids?

 

Dismay and disappointment

 

Given all these grave and manifest perils that the new unilateralism entails, it was with considerable disappointment and dismay that I came across an article written by former MK Einat Wilf, indicating that not only has she become a new unilateralist acolyte, but in fact endorses a far more virulent and vindictive version of it.

 

Why I find her support of this pernicious policy proposal particularly distressing is because, with all my disagreement with her on the two-state issue, Wilf is someone I have always held in high regard, as a forceful and eloquent defender of Israel and Zionism, someone, endowed with grace, intelligence and intellectual courage, whose membership enhanced the level of the Knesset.

 

I was thus commensurately astonished and appalled, not only by the fact that she embraced this futile and feckless formula, but because she was advocating a far more radical form of it.

 

After all, nearly all other unilateralist proposals endorse:

(a) Retaining the large settlement blocs, under Israeli sovereignty. This is usually assumed to include the city of Ariel, with a population of around 20,000 and a fully accredited university with 15,000 students (including Arabs)

(b) Offering some kind of compensation to the Jewish residents of communities that the unilateralist formula envisages as being dismantled.

 

Melding the malicious with the moronic

 

Wilf, however, abruptly dispenses with both these elements (see introductory excerpt), recommending: “We must give up Ariel…The “no” to the settlements must be unambiguous. There is no need to evacuate them, and there is no need for a compensation plan for those who leave. The settlements beyond the border should be left to wither economically and be deprived of support. Anyone who wants to live in these areas will do so without the support or protection of the Jewish sovereignty within its borders…

 

This is a breathtakingly outrageous suggestion—at once, both malicious and moronic.  Although I believe that Wilf is neither, there is hardly a more charitable way to characterize her prescription to throw –or at least abandon—her countrymen to the wolves.  It is doubtless music to the ears of the Judeocidal Palestinian terror organizations, rubbing their hands in eager anticipation at the prospect of being able to slaughter the hated Jews, bereft of “support or protection”.

 

In her callous disregard for the fate of her fellow citizens across the yet to be determined “eastern border”, Wilf seems to lose sight of the fact that original initiators of the “settlement project” were not some wild-eyed, bearded rabbi or shrill settler extremist, but prominent figures in the Labor Party, which she originally represented in the Knesset, such as Shimon Peres and the iconic moderate, Yigal Allon.

 

Wilf’s (anti)Zionism

 

Bizarrely, Wilf professes to be motivated by her concern for Zionism and desire to preserve its principles. However, in their essence, Wilf’s recommendation is the very antithesis of Zionism.

 

After all, the epitome of Zionism has always been to bring Jews living under alien rule to live under Jewish sovereignty, not to abandon Jews living under Jewish rule to live under alien—much less, inimical—sovereignty. Yet this is precisely what Wilf endorses.

 

Indeed, is Wilf really claiming that, in her eyes, Zionist principles can only be preserved by maintaining the option of establishing (yet another) homophobic, misogynistic Muslim-majority tyranny, whose hallmarks would be gender discrimination, gay persecution, religious intolerance and oppression of political dissidents?

 

Does her brand of Zionism really endorse depriving Jews of life and livelihood for no other reason than preserving the possibility of somehow eventually establishing said Muslim-majority tyranny, which, almost certainly, will become a haven for Islamist terror?

Does it? Really?

Dr. Martin Sherman

South Florida – December 30, 2016

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Shelley Benveniste

Anticipation Builds For South Florida Chanukah Festival

Monday, December 5th, 2016

The 37th annual South Florida Chassidic Chanukah Festival is getting bigger and better. Some 10,000 people have participated each year since the event was moved to Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach in 2007. Staff and volunteers are preparing the upcoming festival on Tuesday, December 27 at 7 p.m. and have coordinated a star-studded program that will guarantee the biggest attendance ever.

The Chabad of South Broward event featuring Avraham Fried and 8th Day is sponsored by Kosher Central, Hallandale Beach, Gulfstream Park & Casino and www.Sunny.org. The festival will take place in Hallandale Beach, at Gulfstream Park, US1 and Hallandale Beach Blvd.

Avraham Fried at previous Chabad of South Broward Chanukah festival.

Avraham Fried at previous Chabad of South Broward Chanukah festival.

Avraham Fried will be performing live. His music includes pop, rock and jazz, with Jewish lyrics and themes. 8th Day, which was co-founded by brothers Shmuel and Bentzi Marcus, is one of Jewish music’s hottest acts. Fans and critics alike continue to be enthralled with the creativity and innovation of this one-of-a-kind music group.

The festival is seen live around the world via Chabad.org.

Other festival highlights include the lighting of Florida’s largest menorah, led by Rabbi Yossy Lebovics and a large lineup of community leaders and dignitaries, free Chanukah gelt and goodies for the thousands of children in attendance, a delicious dinner (for a nominal fee) and scores of valuable prizes.

Rabbi Levi Tennenhaus, the event’s coordinator and Chabad’s program director, encourages those who can afford to get reserved seating, “The event, as always, is free. However, in addition to our major sponsors, individuals may reserve VIP seats for $100 per seat. This will help the festival, which runs at an enormous cost and accommodate individuals who want to sit up front with seats reserved exclusively for them and their families.”

Chanukah marks the birthday of Chabad of South Broward. The organization runs over 45 programs and agencies. They include: Project PRIDE, a non-sectarian drug prevention and education program; The Friendship Circle, an interactive program for youngsters with special needs; Chaya Aydel Seminary, Florida’s only teacher’s seminary for women; CHAI TOTS preschool and Hebrew school; Bar and Bat mitzvah clubs; CTEEN Club; three mikvehs accessible to the physically challenged; Camp Gan Israel; a kollel for businessman and professionals; and 15 synagogues.

Chabad of South Broward is headed by Rabbi Raphael and Goldie Tennenhaus, who came to Broward County as shluchim (emissaries) of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M Schneerson, in December 1980.

For more information or to reserve VIP seats, call 954-458-1877 or e-mail levi@chanukahfestival.com or log on to chanukahfestival.com.

Reuven Arazi

South Florida Hosts Amit Alumni

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Southeast Region Amit members and friends gathered together on November 15 at the home of Adrianne and Leon Brum. Adrianne, famous for her hostessing skills, provided guests with an array of hot and cold beverages, delicious dips and chips, pastries, confections, and fruits. The main course, however, were two amazing graduates of Amit schools in Israel who had come to share their remarkable stories – Halel Bareli and Miri Uriel.

Debbie Moed, Amit national president, and Robin Isaacson, national director of planning and giving and regional director of Southeast Region, spoke of the Amit educational network that operates 110 schools, youth villages and programs, serving more than 33,000 children in 29 cities throughout Israel and introduced Halel and Miri.

Amit meeting in Florida.

Amit meeting in Florida.

Halel, a 12th grade student at Ulpanat Amit in Sderot, is one of 11 children. Her father is a rabbi. Her mother is a social worker. Halel was delighted for two reasons with the Amit school. One was that she would not have to go out of town to attend a religious girls’ high school as had been the case for frum girls in Sderot before AMIT. The second was that Halel was attracted to AMIT’s emphasis on giving back to the community and country.

Under this influence, Halel worked with and helped the youth and home-bound of Sderot during the Gaza War and was instrumental in aiding the families of fallen and wounded soldiers. Halel was asked to light the torch at the national Yom Ha’atzmaut ceremony at Har Herzl in recognition of her tremendous contributions. After high school, she will go on to do national service and continue her social activism.

Miri has been in the Amit system from a very early age. She and her brother, Moshe, spent seven years at Amit Frisch Beit Hailed and Amit Kfar Blatt. The children had come from a severely dysfunctional environment and the Amit facility gave them a loving home, stability, and encouraged them in every way. Today Miri is a drama teacher at Amit Kfar Blatt and works with special needs students. She has a strong ability to connect to the children and understand their challenges. Both Miri and her brother have successful and fulfilling lives.

To learn more about Amit, contact Robin Isaacson at 954-922-5100 or visit www.AMITChildren.org/Southeast.

Shelley Benveniste

Time to Come Home: South Dakota Chabad Center Completes 50-State Outreach

Monday, November 28th, 2016

The founder of Hasidism, the holy Ba’al Shem Tov, reported having gone up to the higher realm one Rosh Hashanah, and meeting the messiah, whom he asked, “When will Sir arrive?” Which the messiah answered, “You’ll know it’s time when your teachings will spread around the world and your wellsprings will overflow outwardly (“yafutzu mayanotecha chutza,” Proverbs 5:17).” This has traditionally been understood to mean, especially in Chabad, that the way to “bring the messiah” is by spreading Hasidic teaching, and once every land has in it Jews capable of Hasidic meditation, redemption would come next.

All of which might mean that messianic times have finally arrived in the United States of America, as Chabad Lubavitch has just announced the establishment of a Chabad Center in the 50th and final US state, South Dakota, home to the famous Mount Rushmore National Memorial with its massive sculpture of four great presidents carved into the rock of the Black Hills.

“South Dakota, with its minuscule Jewish community scattered throughout a geographically expansive area, has had the dubious distinction of being the only state in America with no rabbi,” goes an urgent press release we received Sunday. “That will all change this winter, it was announced at the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries, when Rabbi Mendel and Mussie Alperowitz move from Brooklyn, NY, to Sioux Falls to establish a Chabad center that will cater to a community dating back to the days of the Wild West.”

According to Chabad, “the appointment comes as the American Jewish community marks 75 years since the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, and his wife, Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka, arrived on US shores from war-torn Europe in 1941.” Incidentally, Chabad-Lubavitch has already been serving Jews in South Dakota for more than half a century, “since the Rebbe established the Merkos Shlichus (Roving Rabbis) program, which dispatches pairs of young rabbis to small and isolated communities around the globe.”

And “although it has been widely accepted that fewer than 400 Jewish people reside in the entire state, Rabbi Alperowitz estimates that it may indeed be home to as many as a thousand Jews. He believes that the Jewish population may have been bolstered in recent years by the growing financial and health-care industries.”

So, no more excuses, our brothers and sisters in America, the teachings of the Ba’al Shem Tov have touched every single part of the great USA, time to come home to the great land of Israel. Contact Nefesh B’nefesh in South Dakota or someplace nearby and make your reservations early.

JNi.Media

South American Illegal Immigrants Rushing To Cross Border Before Election Day

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

{Originally posted to the author’s blogsite, The Lid}

AP and CBS News are reporting a surge of Illegal Immigrants  Criminal Alien Trespassers, rushing to come into the United States via our southern border before election day.

Immigrants have been streaming from Mexico through the streets of McAllenTexas on a daily basis, according to CBS News. And it’s not just adults and families. The flow of unaccompanied minors at the U.S. border is up nearly 50%.

Border Patrol Agent Chris Cabrera says, they’ve been seeing “mass spikes” in  crossings of illegal immigrants criminal alien trespassers via the U.S.-Mexico border, thanks in part to the election. Apparently the illegals trespassers believe that Hillary Clinton is going to win the election and they want to make sure they are in the U.S. early enough to be granted amnesty by Clinton.

“The smugglers are telling them if Hillary [Clinton] gets elected, that there’ll be some sort of amnesty, that they need to get here by a certain date,” Cabrera said. “They’re also being told that if [Donald] Trump gets elected, there’s going to be some magical wall that pops up overnight and once that wall gets up, nobody will ever get in again.”

Cabrera added that they’ve encountered up to 1,000 immigrants along McAllen’s stretch of the border some days.

“We’re getting mass spikes of people crossing and turning themselves in,” he said.

Experts told CBS News the number of immigrants crossing the border won’t drop after Election Day.

The people smugglers are correct, although there is probably no rush. Part of a Clinton speech given to a Brazilian bank in May 2013 was included in one of the  Wikileaks releases. The speech included Hillary’s desire for open borders:

“My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders, some time in the future with energy that is as green and sustainable as we can get it, powering growth and opportunity for every person in the hemisphere.”

Even if she doesn’t get the open borders she desires, the Center for Immigration Studies’ Steve Camarota has projected that, based on the minimal figures Clinton has put forth thus far, Clinton could add 10 million new immigrants to the U.S. during her first term alone – in addition to the 11 million illegal immigrants Criminal Alien Trespassers Clinton has said she plans to amnesty within her first 100 days in office.

On the other hand Donald Trump opposes any legal status for immigrants in the U.S. illegally. In his plan, they would have to return to their home countries and apply for legal entry should they wish to come back.

Also interesting is that the Illegals Criminal Trespassers are turning themselves in—they know that Barack Obama will not enforce U.S. immigration law.

Watch the video report below:

 

Jeff Dunetz

Chabad Of South Broward Hosts Kinus Convention

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

No hurricane winds were felt in South Florida on Sunday and Monday, Rosh Chodesh and 2 Elul (September 4-5). Rather, the winds of Elul were felt – especially with the power and energy generated by the annual two-day southern regional Kinus Hashluchim convention, held this year at the newly renovated Chabad of South Broward headquarters. Over 120 shluchim participated.

The program began with registration and lunch followed by an hour of intense study of the meaning of Elul and it significance as articulated by the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Then a general session was called to order and all were welcomed by Rabbi Raphael Tennenhaus, head shliach of South Broward.

First to be called to the podium was Rabbi Abraham Korf, head shliach to the state of Florida, who delivered emotional greetings and warm words of encouragement.

Rabbi Chay Amar gave a heartfelt talk about the importance of Hakhel and all its expressions in Elul.

Rabbi Yossi Lebovics, principal of the Chaya Aydel Seminary, encouraged the shluchim to tap in to the many programs the seminary offers that can benefit their shlichus.

Rabbi Mendy Katz of the Aleph Institute spoke next and reminded the shluchim of the important work with prisoners and soldiers. Rabbi Leibel Miller spoke about chevrah kadisha.

Participants at the southern regional Kinus Hashluchim convention.

Participants at the southern regional Kinus Hashluchim convention.

After an in depth workshop on Chabad House security, the shluchim participated in a number of round-table discussions.

After Minchah and a group photo, the shluchim were directed to the Max and Eve Rubenstein Main Sanctuary that had been transformed for the occasion into a beautiful banquet ballroom. Yossi Gopin and Kosher Central caterers made the evening and the kinus the success it was.

Highlights of the banquet included an eloquent dvar malchus by Rabbi Leibel Schapiro, a touching and inspiring talk by lay leader Paul (Pesach Sholom) Sussman, who spoke about his journey to Yiddishkeit from Tibet and his encounters with the Rebbe.

Monday morning began with chassidus study and davening followed by breakfast.

A general session covering the two topics of hiskashrus and working together with neighboring shluchim was helpful to many. Rabbis Korf, Lipskar, Biston, and Tennenhaus shared many invaluable ideas and experiences.

With a feeling of renewed energy and much optimism, the shluchim expressed their appreciation to the organizers of the kinus, Rabbi Tennenhaus, Rabbi Moshe Schwartz, Rabbi Leizer Barash, and especially the main organizer, Rabbi Mordy Feiner.

Chaim Lehrer

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